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Midsummer Match Cup in Skärhamn, Sweden - Overall

by Fabian Bengtsson 29 Jun 09:24 PDT 25-29 June 2019
Midsummer Match Cup is the first Grade 1 regatta in the world with a mixed team rule © Linus Arvidsson

Ian Williams Team GAC Pindar won the final of the inaugural edition of Midsummer Match Cup after an impressive comeback against Eric Monnin and Capvis Swiss Match Race Team.

The wind increased to over 20 knots during the final between Ian Williams (GBR) and Eric Monnin (SUI), the two highest ranked match racing skippers in the world.

The duel got a dramatic start when Williams crashed into his opponent and got caught with the bowsprit in the stern of Monnin's boat. The situation ended with a black flag to Team GAC Pindar and put the score at -1 against 1. But the British team came back strong in the two following matches to make it 1-1. It all came down to a deciding match full of lead changes.

Monnin took the start but Williams came back on the first downwind. After a bad rounding from the britts, Monnin once again had the upper hand. On the last leg Williams's team found more speed and were able to pass on the leeward side and cross the finish line as winners of Midsummer Match Cup 2019. "It's incredible to come back from the mistakes we made, because they really put us on the back foot", said Williams and continued:

"To come back from that feels sensational. The wind was very strong during the final and that obviously makes it really challenging, and very small mistakes are magnified. Our small mistake at the bottom rounding cost us a lot and Eric's mistake at the top mark cost him the same. We made it thanks to great work by the whole team; Hannah Diamond, Sara Stone and Gerry Mitchell".

And Williams doesn't put the blame for the crash on anyone but himself. "It was my bad and when you are in the helmsman's position you can't really see the bowsprit, and I even forgot that we had a bowsprit. It doesn't point more than 20 centimeters from the hull but it was enough to catch them. It was my fault, it was really costly but I'm very happy that we were able to move on, take one race at a time and come back to take the win".

Nicolai Sehested's Gringo Sailing Team won 2-1 against Team Lucy Macgregor in the Petite Final. The Danish skipper has been sailing with Peter Wibroe and the Brazilian Olympic gold medallists Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze. "I have had a lot of fun in this event and we are super happy with our result", said Martine Grael and continued:"I'm looking forward to coming back next year if we can manage it with our Olympic campaign. We have an experienced team with Peter and Nicolai who have been sailing a lot together just like me and Kahena have. I have really enjoyed racing a mixed team event"

Find full results here

Final Results - Midsummer Match Cup 2019

Ian Williams, Team GAC Pindar (GBR) 2
Eric Monnin, Capvis Swiss Match Race Team (SUI) 1

Results petite finale

Lucy Macgregor, Team Macgregor (GBR) 1
Nicolai Sehested, Gringo Sailing Team (DEN) 2

Results semi-finals

Ian Williams, Team GAC Pindar (GBR) 2
Lucy Macgregor, Team Macgregor (GBR) 0

Eric Monnin, Capvis Swiss Match Race Team (SUI) 2
Nicolai Sehested, Gringo Sailing Team (DEN) 1

Teams in the final of Midsummer Match Cup 2019

Capvis Swiss Match Race Team (SUI)

Eric Monnin
Livia Näf
Julia Falxa
Lauranne Mettraux

Team GAC Pindar (GBR)

Ian Williams
Hannah Diamond
Gerry Mitchell
Sara Stone

Petit Final of Midsummer Match Cup

Gringo Sailing Team (DEN)

Nicolai Sehested
Martine Grael
Kahena Kunze
Peter Wibroe

Team Macgregor (GBR)

Lucy Macgregor
Rosie Watkins
Duncan Yeabsley
Ollie Spensley-Corfield

For more information, visit midsummermatchcup.com

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